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Tayul gonpa written in Tibetan as Ta - Yul means "chosen place".
The Drugpa (Dogpa) Lama, Serzang Richen of the Kham region of Tibet established the Tayul Monastery in the 17th century. Legend has it that Serzang, while making the meritorious circumambulation of the holy peak Drilburi, spotted a small glade in the juniper forest above Kyor and Tashikyang villages on the opposite side of the valley and told his fellow pilgrims, "Look, over there, that is a suitable and auspicious place for a gompa".
The Monastery was then constructed and houses a hundred million mani Wheel and would apparently turn by itself on special Buddhist occasions. According to the lamas of Tayul, this Wheel last turned on its own in 1986.
Tayul has 12 foot statue of Padmasambhava and his two materialisations, Sighmukha and Vijravarashi and is well decorated with elaborate murals. The library contains the Buddhist scriptures, the Kangyur.